A: The M200 series currently supports the Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse XT and Zenmuse Z30 cameras.
A: Yes, the M200 Series includes a robust FlightAutonomy system with a total of 7 sensors. Its Forward Vision System is capable of detecting obstacles up to 30 meters ahead, while the upward facing infrared sensors can sense obstacles within a 5-meter range. A downward facing vision positioning system enables precision hovering and landing.
A: The main difference between the M200 Series and the rest of the Matrice line of drones is its closed-shell body, which brings added portability, ease-of-use and ruggedness. Additionally, the M210 models can easily accommodate multiple payload configurations, something not previously seen on any drone.
A: Yes, your M200 Series drone comes with a travel case customized to securely transport your model. The case comes with enough space to fit 6 TB50 or TB55 batteries, 2 gimbals, 2 sets of propellers, one controller, one charger and charger hub, a CrystalSky tablet or Apple iPad.
A: When flying in sandy and similar environments, pilots should regularly check their drone after flying to extend its lifetime as the closed-shell body is not completely protected against fine particles. Specifically, pilots should check the arm closing mechanism, and motors for loose particles that could potentially harm the aircrafts’ internals.
A: Most airlines allow TB50 batteries to be carried onto the airplane. You are likely to encounter issues when carrying TB55 batteries as they exceed allotted size for many airlines. Before planning a project, we suggest checking with your airline in advance. When transporting batteries please discharge them to below 30% maximum capacity for maximum safety.
A: The M200 series continuously checks battery status and will notify you through the DJI GO 4 app if a battery malfunctions. In this case, please land the aircraft immediately.
A: Since the RTK unit is built into the drone, you will simply have to fold out the arms to get the built-in unit fully operational and turn on the ground control unit.y.
A: Although the M200 Series’ water resistant build, long flight time and compatible cameras might be attractive to filmmakers, DJI recommends professional filmmakers use the Inspire 2 due to its available SSD slot, transforming design for an unobstructed view and CineCore image processing system.
Q: I’m a power line, telecom tower inspector and worry about interference affecting the safety of my inspection, which M200 Series model and payload will help me operate more safely?
A: For operators that expect to experience electrical or signal interference during flight we suggest using the M210 RTK model and/or the Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera for optimal safety. The built-in RTK unit on the M210 RTK model enables the drone to hover with centimeter-level accuracy due to the improved GPS data, making slight interferences to the transmission system less potentially dangerous. The Zenmuse Z30 allows inspectors to fly further away from their subject, which in effect diminishes the chances of signal interference.
A: Screw the upward gimbal mount on top of the drone, and then twist to lock the camera into position. To ensure stable GNSS lock while using this configuration, please mount the included GNSS receiver onto the side of the drone.
A: When using the M210 or M210 RTK models, you can mount both the Zenmuse XT and Z30 downwards.
A: The remote controller is equipped with a 6,000mAh LiPo 2S battery. Fully charging the M200 Series remote controller takes approximately 3 hours. It can be used for approximately 4 hours after being fully charged. When connecting the standard Battery Charger to the Battery Charging Hub, it takes about 90 minutes to charge 2 batteries and 180 minutes to charge 4 batteries.
A: Yes. During RTH, the M200 series is able to collect information about the environment and automatically plan the best path back home. Being able to detect obstacles 200m away, it also restores communication faster with the remote controller during RTH after losing signal, so as to make RTH safe and successful.
A: The M200 series can take off if the power discrepancy of the two batteries is within 13%. If it is unable to take off, the DJI GO 4 app will inform you that “the power discrepancy in the two batteries is too large”.
Being a quadcopter, a motor failure on the M200 could in theory lead to total loss, unlike a hexacopter or octocopter. While this is a valid concern, a few points alleviate this:
- The system has two lines of communication and power delivery to the motors, the standard line through the ESC and a back up line direct from them main controller to the motor. This creates an excellent level of redundancy, where motors can still be made to turn and provide lift in the event of control or power line failure.
- While technically motor failure itself is still possible, this is extremely rare, and even faulty motors can still be made to turn and provide lift with direct power delivery – while there would be less control, it would be enough to safely land a system.
- Props are another weak point, but with proper management, pre and post flight checks, faulty props can easily be identified and replaced before causing an issue.
Frequently asked questions
A: The DJI Phantom series are smaller and cheaper drones that are very capable as a entry level system for agriculture, they can do RGB mapping and are very easy to fly.
The M100 series is designed as a development platform, it is larger, more flexible, and can carry more advanced cameras and sensors. We used to supply these systems until we replaced them with our Storm systems.
The Storm Pro drone system is slightly larger than the M100. It has been developed by us as a tough, flexible, weather tolerant, easy to fly drone system that can carry various multi-spectral sensors.
The M200 series from DJI is designed for high-end inspection applications, it is also weather proof and provides a lot of advanced safety features and dual and top mount camera options, it is also DJIs most expensive system.
A: Yes, we supply all our drones systems with travel cases chosen and customized to securely transport them. The case comes with enough space to fit 6 batteries, 2 sets of spare propellers, one controller, one charger and charger hub, an Apple iPad and storage case.
A: The Storm Pro is designed to tolerate use in various environments, it can get wet and dirty and still function without issue, however it should still be maintained and cleaned when possible. Especially camera lenses, which need to be clean and dry to capture accurate imagery.
When flying in dusty environments such as at harvest time, pilots should regularly check their drone after flying as the closed-shell body is not completely protected against fine particles. Specifically, pilots should check the motors, battery compartments and cameras for loose particles that could potentially harm the aircrafts internals, these can easily be cleaned with air spray.
A: The Storm Pro uses dual batteries and so can still fly if one fails, voltage is continuously monitored and will notify you through the DJI GO app if this falls too low, at which point please land the aircraft immediately. Below a certain voltage threshold the aircraft will auto-land.
A: Since the RTK unit is built into the drone, the only extra step is to position and turn on the ground unit and wait for it to get GPS-lock before powering on the drone system.
A: You can fly for up to 25mins with TB47 batteries and 30mins with TB48 batteries in ideal conditions, wind and temperature will affect flight time, the drone can cover about 1 Ha per minute on average at 80m altitude. When connecting the standard Battery Charger to the Battery Charging Hub, it takes about 30 minutes to charge 2 batteries and 60 minutes to charge 4 batteries.
The optional Power Pack provides a 6 battery parallel charger that will charge 6 batteries in 60mins from 20% to full.
The remote controller is equipped with a 6,000mAh LiPo 2S battery. Fully charging the controller takes approximately 3 hours. It can be used for approximately 4 hours after being fully charged.
A: Yes. During RTH, the system will climb to a pre-set altitude above any obstacles and fly directly to its ‘home-point’ (usually its take-off location). It will then descend and land. This can be overridden at any time by the pilot.
A: Our Storm Pro has been designed to be weather tolerant. This means that while it is not fully waterproof, it can fly without issue in wet conditions, we recommend not flying in heavy rain, or landing immediately should light rain get heavier. Care should be taken to keep the camera lens clean and dry, and the system should be left to dry overnight in a warm, non humid environment.
The system can handle winds up to 30mph. Care should be take in gusty wind conditions, wind speed increases with altitude. A simple test flight before mapping can help to ascertain if conditions are unsafe to continue. This is covered in the training included with all our systems.
Training and Regulations
Frequently asked questions
A: This depends if you are planning to operate drones for commercial purposes. In the UK, the CAA require that any drone operators that are operating for ‘commercial gain’ obtain a PFCO (Permission For Commercial Operations) from them, this involves a course, written and flight tests. We can arrange this through our partners at The Aerial Academy as either private courses at our base or public courses at a number of locations across the UK.
Courses cost £950 per person and the CAA application £190.
Public liability insurance is also a requirement and we can help you to obtain this.
If flying drone systems for development, training/testing and demonstration purposes before flying commercially, alternative public liability insurance can be arranged without needing a CAA PFCO, again we can help you obtain this.
A: To better control the M200 series, pilots can use the DJI Pilot or DJI GO 4 app. The DJI Pilot app is a new Android app for enterprise users designed to unleash the full potential of DJI’s enterprise drones. The user interface is streamlined for a straightforward experience, so pilots can focus on the task at hand. More features are built in – such as the ability to control the dual gimbal setup on the M210 models and flight planning – to uniquely support the DJI Enterprise product lines.
The DJI FlightHub portal allows for advanced flight planning and management where inspection footage from the M200 can be streamed live to engineers and surveyors off site.
Storm works with all DJI software (DJI GO, DJI GS Pro), as well as many third party apps for flying and mapping with drones, such as DroneDeploy, Autopilot and Litchi.
For post flight analysis we are a dealer for DroneDeploy and Pix4D, both very capable and powerful options for mapping, measuring, volumes, terrain modelling and 3d structure modelling.
All software is provided as part of our Enterprise Software and Support packages with full training.
A: There are a good few apps that will help you plan flight with integrated airspace monitoring to help you plan safe flights. Some will also help you to maintain flight logs (required by the CAA for commercial operations) and even manage multiple drone teams, here’s our recommended list:
DJI Flighthub – Advanced flight planning and management for the M200 series.
Hover – No-fly zones, weather data and flight records all in one app.
Airnest – Flight logging and metrics – also syncs with Dronedeploy.
Flyte – Our favourite flight planning and drone ops management app.
A: Most airlines allow TB47/TB50 batteries to be carried onto the airplane. You are likely to encounter issues when carrying TB48/TB55 batteries (supplied) as they exceed allotted size for many airlines. Before planning a project, we suggest checking with your airline in advance. When transporting batteries please discharge them to below 30% maximum capacity for maximum safety. We can supply TB47/Tb50 batteries if you need to travel with them.